Mission: The mission of mercy care for the adirondacks is to extend mercy to elders in order to enhance the fullness of their lives. The mission is implemented through:(a)the offering of companionship and friendship to relieve isolation and loneliness;(b)the extending of advice, referral, and assistance to elders and to their caregivers;(c)the development of elder-friendly communities which encourage the participation and civic engagement of older adults;(d)the promotion through education and advocacy of a fullness of life for older adults in the communities of the adirondacks; and(e)the development of partnerships or a network with other organizations that will extend the mission of mercy care to communities beyond the tri-lakes region of the adirondacks.
Programs: Mercy care for the adirondacks is a mission sponsored by the sisters of mercy to provide elders, on a non-denominational basis, with companionship, friendship, and spiritual care to relieve their isolation and loneliness. It carries out its mission through a friendship volunteer program, a parish nurse program, and promotes elder-friendly communities through its education, outreach and advocacy programs.
Mercy Care enables senior citizens in the Adirondacks to age in place. A dedicated group of volunteers and parish nurses visit seniors as friends; provide transportation to doctors, stores, clinics etc. to help those who can no longer drive; this organization is a model of community building and a magnificent alternative to nursing home care in a region where nursing home availability is scare and no longer economically practical for health care providers. The Mercy Care model is replicable, practical and worth every dollar invested in it by donors who want to help seniors age in place.